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is very important. we're trying not just to prevent a tax increase on 98% of americans, we're trying to go beyond that's going to be good for the long term american economy. >> but you said you're getting closer, they're saying you're getting much farther apart. they say that this is not a serious proposal. >> we have a very good plan. we have a very good mix of tax reforms that raise a modest amount of revenues on the wealthy 2% of americans. combined with very comprehensive, very detailed savings that get us back to the point where the debt is stable and favorable. if we can do that carefully, we can invest in things to make america stronger. we can rebuild infrastructure. we think those are good investments in america and we think we can afford them. >> let's look at an outline of what republicans said they heard in the meeting. $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next ten years. $50 billion in stimulus spending right now. $400 billion in unspecified medicare cuts. over the next ten years. and then, permanent authority to increase the debt limit the president wants that authority. t
. the president said that for there to be a big deal, tax rates on the wealthy are going to have to go up. if that's his bottom line, can there be a deal? >> again, as the speaker has said, unfortunately what we see out of the president is my way or the highway. one dollar revenue for 2.5 of spending reductions. now, after the election, it's a little bit of bait and switch. now he's asking for $1.6 trillion. and if you look closely, for every one dollar of tax increase there's about 20 cents of spending reductions. >> i'm talking about the rates. if the rates go up, can the republicans in the house accept the tax increase? >> no rep wants to vote for a rate tax increase. what that's going to do, is cause 700,000 americans to go from having paychecks to unemployment checks, because of what that's going to do to the economy, george, hardworking americans are going to see a 2% reduction in their paycheck if they keep them. listen, the president, again, if he would do what he said before the election, as opposed to the bait and switch, what the republicans feel like is a little bit like charlie brown
spending cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff. >> tonight we're no closer to a deal. mark matthews is here now with latest for us. >> it's been 16 days since president and leaders met to talk about avoiding ts fiscal cliff n that time, nothing much moved. now, we've got three weeks in change, and the failure will be felt by everyone. in san francisco's cafe, the owner has been watching the fiscal cliff creep closer hoping for a resolution. >> if they don't, it's going to be tough. >> he's talking about employ qleez can see income taxes increase by a couple thousand dollars. >> cost of living is really high. and tough to make especially in the city like san francisco. >> if congress ask the president can't reach an agreement, income taxes will go up on nearly all americans average family paying extra $2000 to $2400 a year, spending cuts mean cuts to education, transportation, research and development. there is a proposal to up airline fee that's could raise $1 billion cutting back on those who receive food stamps could bring in another $4 billion to $16 billion eliminating
. >>> okay. so what does a zombie attack have to do with your tax dollars? one has actually funded the other, believe it or not. >> yeah. that story's crazy. it's just one example of what some say is a huge waste of money. abc's john karl has more. >> reporter: the zombie apocalypse. this isn't some really bad "b" movie. it's an actual scene from the 2012 counterterrorism summit attended by law enforcement officials around the country. summit tickets, $1,000 a pop. paid for with your tax dollars. the zombies look scary, but organizers say the skit was solely to add levity to an otherwise serious meeting on protecting the homeland. senator tom coburn says it's just another example of more than $7 billion in questionable homeland security spending every year. >> wow. wasted. >> reporter: in a new report, coburn cites example after example, including nearly $30,000 for an underwater robot in columbus, ohio, the $69,000 hovercraft for indianapolis. and this, the sleepy town of keene, new hampshire, citing the need to secure its annual pumpkin festival was awarded a grant to buy a bearcat armored
middle school campus in fair tax. >> keira clapper has a look at the flood damage. >> three big storms filled this culvert behind the zoom, causing flooding over the weekend. >> we have four classrooms have been fairly filled with debris and mud. we'll need our library. >> now, administrators face having to tear out floors and possibly, wall autos we anticipate flooring will be replaced depending on what the damage is if it's going up the wall. we may need to remove furniture attached to the wall z do some additional work. >> classes were cancel forward 6th through 8th grade students. >> we spent three hours our wheel team, managing what we can do. it's hard to close a school. it's never easy decision to make. >> the superintendent tell meez good news is that insurance will cover costs of fixing damage. if administrators have their way, school will be back in session tomorrow, with, or without usage of the four classrooms. >> with more rain expected this week, please stay with us for continuing storm watch coverage and don't forget you can track systems any time with live doppler 7 hd.
the fiscal cliff deadline. no progress was made in washington. the main sticking point are about tax cuts that are set to expire and the president's demand that the wealthy pay more in taxes. the uncertainty of what is going to happen is starting to have an impact on donations to charity. abc7 news reporter ama dates dates is live in the newsroom. >> it is possible the tax deduction for charitable giving could be capped next year. so the question is do you hold on to your money during the financial uncertainty or donate more while you know you will get a deduction. for one charity in san francisco it seems people are doing a little of both. the food pantry at the st. anthony foundation is in good shape today, but overall donations are down for the year. >> we are a little bit behind where we would like to be, where we are budgeted to be. >> the interim executive director says the charity is seeing interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff. >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that ki
looking all glammed up in gold. >>> good monday morning, everybody. taxes will go up for nearly every american in less than a month if there's no deal on that looming fiscal cliff. >> but even with that threat looming, lawmakers are still very far apart on their way to rein in government. there are differences on full display for all of us to see over the weekend. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: fiscal cliff talks have hit a stalemate. with only 29 days to go, republicans and democrats remain far apart. and over the weekend, there was worry negotiations may actually fail. >> i think we're going over the cliff. it's clear to me they made a political calculation. before president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a maj
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overnight calling for tax relief for working families. both sides remain far apart. without a deal, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 and $2400 for the average family. democrats want tax increases to kick in for the wealthy. republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates. >>> in less than an hour the moraga teen denied an eagle scout award because he's gay will be honored by the california state assembly. by openly gay assembly speaker john perez. ryan spent 10 years working to earn his award but was denied. his mother started an online petition drive to try to quinn the organization to reverse their -- to convince the organization to reverse their decision. >>> now to the royal baby news that is creating a buzz worldwide. the future king of england and his beautiful bride are expecting a prince or princess. the royal palace made the announcement this morning after the duchess was admitted to a london hospital with a severe bout of morning sickness. news comes a year and a half after they tied the knot. the office says the child will be behind pr
on the possible impact of voter-approved prop 30. what the tax increases could do to the economy. >> we're going through a shift. >> it's called tv everywhere. later efforts by a bay area company to bring programs you want to lap top or tab blet. >> stay with us for that and raider days here on abc 7 begins in less than 20 minutes with a special pregame edition of abc 7 news at 6:30. >> then, we'll get going home with -- tomorrow with larry beil hosting a special pregame show at 4:00 p.m. >> raiders greats will gin us for that. at 5:00 coverage of the denver oakland gamelin begins live right here on abc 7. once the game ends, larry, lincoln and rod will return with after the game. >> then, it's abc programming. and a special edition of abc 7 >>> the ports of los angeles and long beach open again. stringing clerical workers reached an agreement last night with the port's 14 shipping lines ending a walk coy in lost trades. the clerk as agreed on a pact providing protection from joby& outsourcing and layoffs. the ports handle 44% of the shipping container traffic. >> economists say prop 30, tax hi
are talking, no breakthrough locked in a stalemate. president obama demanding higher tax rates for the wealthy and permanent extension of the debt ceiling be part of a deal. >> he showed what is he is after is assuming unprecedented power without limit. >> reporter: republicans say they will only raise tax revenue in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal one casualty would be the end of compensation for long term unemployed, people like melinda worried. >> christmas and things of that nature probably off the table. >> reporter: aides met yesterday but no signs of progress. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> if you park at a bart station while riding the trains get ready for potential hike in fees by 50 cents twice a year at high volume lots. it would cap the increases to $3 a day. currently commuters shell out a dollar. west oakland costs five. bart makes 15 million dollars a year in parking fees, an increase could mean extra five million dollars annually. >>> muni offering riders a holiday gift, free rides only good on december 28th, the 100th anniversary of the agenc
team are demanding that congress allow bush era tax cuts to expire. >> there is no responsible way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations those rates have to go up. >> reporter: republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting reductions for the wealthy. >> right now i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: president obama asking for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years, boehner is offering half that. the president offering 600 billion dollars in cuts to medicare and other programs. the speaker says that is not enough. he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half from educating, transportation, food safety and research. economists fear if washington can strike a
point is still about tax cuts that are set to expire. also the president's demand that wealthy pay more. the uncertainty of what will happen is starting to have an impact on charities. abc7 news reporter tells us donations are down. >>> the food pantry at the saint anthony foundation in san francisco is in good shape but overall donations are down for the year >> we are a little behind where we would like to be or budgeted to be. >> the director said the charity has seen interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned that the tax deductions for charitable giving would be cut next year, saving the government money. private wealth advisor said it can make sense to get more bang for your donation buck. that would help charities this year, but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate, some had this year and potentially some this year, may try to double up and dona
're not going to move until the republicans say they're going to be for higher tax rates on the wealthy. and then say what they want in return. in terms of spending cuts for those higher tax rates. the republicans say they aren't going to come forward until the democrats say more about how they want to cut spending. right now, we're stuck. now, it could be the well that is getting poisoned right now, as positions are going to harden but with all of these negotiations they sometimes look most dire before they break. here is the other complication. the debt limit, president obama also said that he's not going to negotiate at all over the debt limit. i don't see how you can get that resolved by december 31st. >> now, could the republicans give in on the tax rates on the rich in this country if they do want to use the debt limit as leverage? >> they could. lot of republicans have said, listen, they know taxes are going to go up, but they want to know how far the president is willing to go in cutting spending, especially that entitlement spending, even social security, before they sign on to
, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the proposal a step backwards. saying if republicans do not agree to some higher tax rates for the wealthy, the nation will go over the fiscal cliff, and the american people will hold them responsible. democrats also take issue with the proposal's spending cuts to medicare and social security. republican counter that tough cuts are needed to tackle the soaring debt, leaving washington locked in a stalemate, less than a month before every american sees their taxes shoot up. the gridlock has irritated people outside washington, like deborah page of arlington, texas. >> if i was working the way the president and congress was working, i would probably lose my job. >> reporter: page started a petition that would cease paychecks and hea
for-to-avoid the fiscal cliff and both sides are playing hard ball. issue taxes and revenues. bush era tax cuts expire the first of the year. democrats want tochl tend them to the middle class but not the wealthy. republicans appeared to signal their willing to discuss increasing revenues but not necessarily by taxing the rich. >> there are a lot of things possible to put this on the table. none of us are going to be impossible. the president insists on this position. insisting on my way in the highway. >> democratsç& responded saying it doesn't work without raising tax autos because republicans are holding the tax cuts as they have all along, hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy. >> economists say the uncertainty about gaining steam dead in its track autos a jobs report balances out phone shall of going over that fiscal cliff this, is adding2÷, 136,000 people added to payrolls and national unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. the dow chimed 81 points. nasdaq went the opposite direction because the stock has been in free fall lately. dropping another $14 a share today, cisco no longer con
yesterday. the main sticking point is still about tax cuts that are set to expire. also the president's demand that wealthy pay more. the uncertainty of what will happen is starting to have an impact on charities. donations of down. >>> the food pantry at the saint anthony foundation in san francisco is in good shape but overall donations are down for the year >> we are a little behind where we would like to be or budgeted to be. >> the director said the charity has seen interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned that the tax deductions for charitable giving would be cut next year, saving the government money. private wealth advisor said it can make sense to get nor bang for your donation buck. that would help charities this year but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate, some had this year and potentially some this year, may try to double up and dona
that the republicans will go along with a tax hike for the healthy. but it certainly didn't sound that way on the other side. what is at stake for the average american family? with 30 days to go until the deadline? david kerley at the white house tonight. >> reporter: president obama and his white house team appear confident with the stronger hand in talks with house republicans, demanding and believing tax rates for the wealthy are going up. >> there is no responsible way we can govern the country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates are going to have to go up. >> i was flabbergasted. i look at him and i said, you can't be serious. >> reporter: the two sides are seriously far apart. the president wants $1.6 billion in new tax revenue over ten years. the speaker wants half that. the president wants spending cuts, $600 billion. to medicare and other programs. not enough, says the speaker. >> if we gave the president 1.6 trillion of more money, what do you think he is going to do with it? he is going to spend it. that is what washington does. >> they have to come to us and te
is raising tax rates on the wealthiest americans. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up, and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: if republicans agree to do that, the president told bloomberg television, he'll agree to serious spending cuts. republicans have offered to raise taxes on higher incomes by $800 billion, not by raising tax rates, but by eliminating some deductions and loopholes. during last year's budget showdown, the president said he wanted to do exactly that. >> what we said was give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates, but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates generally while broadening the base. >> reporter: but now the president does not. he says it will not raise enough revenue. >> it's not me being stubborn. it's not me being partisan. it's just a matter of math. >> reporter: amidst all this disagreement, one area where there might be potential compromise,
is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. the president says that's unacceptable. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: republicans, like rising star senator marco rubio, say raising taxes on the wealthy is the wrong approach. >> the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt. it would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them. >> reporter: so, that's the major holdup, taxes. republicans and democrats deeply divided. >> there's nothing going on privately that's not going on public. >> reporter: amidst the political posturing, there may actually be a chance for compromise on medicare. president obama says he's open to raising the age when seniors can start receiving benefits, from 65 to 67. according to one study, that would save almost $6 billion a year. president obama travels, today, to the business roundtable, where he'll address c
. the main sticking point are about tax cuts that are set to expire and the president's demand that the wealthy pay more in taxes. the uncertainty of what is going to happen is starting to have an impact on donations to charity. abc7 news reporter ama dates dates is live in the newsroom. >> it is possible the tax deduction for charitable giving could be capped next year. so the question is do you hold on to your money during the financial uncertainty or donate more while youwill get au will get a deduction. for one charity in san francisco it seems people are doing a little of both. the food pantry at the st. anthony foundation is in good shape today, but overall donations are down for the year. >> we are a little bit behind where we would like to be, where we are budgeted to be. >> the interim executive director says the charity is seeing interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff. >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned tha
in revenues last month that were 11% below projections. taxes were really down 213%. a portion due to corporate tax refunds going out last month. sales taxes areo;m(u better than expected. controller warned california must be disciplined. >> the government's monthly jobs report better than expected last month, showing the economy added 146,000 new jobs in november. bringing unemployment rate to 7.7 prgs, that is lowest in four years. california farmers want to hire more, but can't knlt. a report shows 61% reported having a shortage of workers on the farm. waits worse for farmer growsing labor intensive crops like vegetables and crop crops -- grapes. 71% said they're short on employees. the pew report says the number of unauthorized immigrants commonly known to worng farms remained constant over three years. >> pilots at american airlines approved a new labor contract. the union addressed -- announced results today saying 74% of the pilots voted to ratify the contract. pilots will pay pay raises and own 13% of the parent company, likely clearing the way with a merger with u.s. airwa
the president released this new video calling for tax relief for working families with less than a month to go, republicans and democrats remain far apart. without a deal, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 and $20 400 for the average family. >> we are -- going over the cliff, clear they made a political calculation. >> the president and his team demanding congress allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans to expire. republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting deductions for the wealth any. >>> nancy pelosi weighed in on the fiscal cliff while stepping out for a night of glamour. the democrat from san francisco stroll photographers last night at the kennedy center honors in washington, d.c.. she told reporters it would be a wonderful christmas gift to the american people to have a tax cut come january. the annual gala event at the kennedy center honored entertainment greats. they received the nation's highest ward for influencing culture through art.
investigation. >> voters spoke rejecting a parcel tax for fire services in contra costa county. >> the decision made to close several stations there. abc news has a story from clayton. >> happening now in contra costa county, the board is making a difficult decision to close four fire stations w[ it's the only one in this small town. now, residents will face longer response times in qais case of a fire. the others are in martinez walnut creek and west lay fayette. no firefighters will lose their jobs?Úñ and and a parcel tax for fire services on the ballot. >> they're going to have a deal yai. you never know when you have an emergency what time of the day or night. and it could mean the difference between five minutes and 10 minutes. it's for a fire, meaning a larger fire, and for life saving measures could mean life, or death. >> in clayton, abc 7 news. >> investigators looking into the cause of a fire in petaluma. >> sky 7 is above the scene, you can see crews trying to fight the flames there this, fire started about 3:30 this morning in a large home in a rural area. took crews about two hou
many people excited to meet her this morning. >>> also, countdown to crisis. we're 24 days from tax increases for everyone and big, painful federal budget cuts, unless president obama and house speaker john boehner can strike a deal. we'll have the latest on the battle of wills in washington. >> the president is out this morning with a not-so-conciliatory note. we'll get the latest from david kerley coming up. >>> check this out. why all new cars may soon be spying on their drivers and making it tough for you to cover your tracks. >>> we're going to start, though, with what should have been a joyous week for the royal family. but news of kate's pregnancy was very quickly overshadowed by her hospitalization for morning sickness, a prank call that duped two of her nurses, and then, the suspected suicide of one of those nurses. this morning, the boss of the two australian deejays behind this prank is now speaking out. and abc's jeffrey kofman is in london on the story. jeffrey, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: and good morning to you, dan. an outpouring of indignation, that is wh
on fiscal cliff debate. president wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national debt by 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawters have more than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on television in the dominican republic and the show host douses him with cologne that is flammable. the
wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national de 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawtersre than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on television in the dominican republic and the show host douses him with cologne that is flammable. the head burst in flames. suffered first second degr
for things she has done, drug-, alcohol-related. now the irs is going after back taxes. she owes money for 2009 and 2010. they have seized her bank accounts. she reportedly owes $233,000 in unpaid federal taxes. she's falling behind for 2011 as well. you remember charlie sheen gave her 100 grand to try to get her back on track. >> more than that? >> yeah. she's going to need a little more than that. but she's reportedly downing two bottles of vodka a day because of stress of her summer car crash and krecent bar brawl las week. charged with misdemeanor assault. >> she is reportedly refusing to to enter rehab. according to tmz. i feel badly for her. >> hope we are not watching an amy winehouse. in the making, that's my fear with lindsay. she is going to need the money. has enough lawyer fees. i don't understand how wealthy get back on their taxes anyway. wish her luck. >> she is said to earn more than $2 million end of this year. which she probably already owes. >> weird. >>> all right. speaking of weird, mike tyson in the news. he came out and said he was high on cocaine during the film
the program. >> reporter: and, of course, going off the so-called fiscal cliff means a tax hike for just about everybody who does have a job. but today, treasury secretary timothy geithner said the president is absolutely willing to go off the cliff unless republicans agree to raise tax rates. >> there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember, it's only 2%. >> reporter: and on that, no progress. >> where are the specifics? where are the discussions? nothing is going on. >> reporter: there have been no real talks between the white house and republicans for a week. but late today, diane, one possible sign of progress. the president and the speaker of the house spoke via telephone. neither side would give any details about what was said, but the stock market closed higher today with traders, at least, apparently optimistic that a deal will be reached. >> one phone call can do that. okay, thank you, jonathan karl. >>> and now, we head overseas to cairo. another day of bloodshed and chaos there. battles erupting in
of gift to us. >> reporter: they could be concerned that the tax deduction for charitable giving would be cut next year saving the government money. george says it can make sense to get more bang for your buck. that would help charities this year but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate some this year and potentially some next year may try to double up and donate more this year. >> reporter: but the uncertain future is causing fear. >> many people are afraid to make any move so there is patrol system because you don't know what is coming -- paralysis you try to hold on what you have and not as willing to donate or spend in general. >> reporter: st. anthony's is seeing this, as well. >> some of the people have given us end of the year stock donations, we're seeing about half of those coming through. >> reporter: they are optimistic the donors will come through by the new year. >> their donations come out of their heart. >> very wealthy people may donate but some people want to help and tax zuax bonus. >> coming up next, outrage from around the
on seniors. the government is warning reverse mortgages are not free money. >> turn equity into tax free cash. >> give you tax free cash. >> they're not being told. about the downside. >> reporter: right now in america, 57 seniors in reverse mortgages are in danger of losing their homes. nearly 10% foreclosure rate, 4 times higher than traditional mortgages. the department of housing and urban development will recommend congress prohibit large lump sum payments and recommend seniors be careful with reverse mortgages. is the reverse mortgage the last option? >> i really think it should be, absolutely. >> reporter: an option. >> it is a wonderful house. >> reporter: linda mcmahon regrets taking. >> i hope somebody enjoys it. >> reporter: jim avila, abc news, washington. >> you have to feel for her, too. here's the problem in a nutshell. unlike traditional mortgage. make your payments. equity. a reverse mortgage pays out equity in your home as cash. increases your debt and decreases your equity. that's the problem in a nutshell. that's how the woman got into the situation she did. it sounds good
, but that high-stakes stalemate is not getting any better. that fiscal cliff, just 29 days until everyone's taxes go up and the white house and congress are absolutely deadlocked right now. >> both sides seeming farther apart than ever. both sides saying, it's your turn to blame. we'll see what happens. >>> also this morning, startling video. it's a little tough to watch but it is okay. it's a prank by a television host setting this magician's hair on fire. now, the magician is okay. he's recovering in the hospital. >> wow. >> what? >> but he is accusing the host of that show of a criminal act. looking at that videotape, it's hard to believe this was any kind of a stunt, as the host claims. >> hard to believe he's okay. >> thank goodness he's okay. >>> wow, also ahead on the show. very special guest today. heidi klum is with us live. here's what she was up to this weekend. looking so glorious. you remember that was supposed to be her halloween costume. hurricane sandy put it on hold and she did a wonderful benefit. to help those who needed it. >> she'll be appearing in full facial crystal this mo
to spread his message. the president wants to raise 1.6 trillion in revenue by increasing taxes on the top 2% of income earners. republicans counted with a 2.2 trillion dollar deficit reduction plan, 800 billion dollars in revenue, but didn't call for raising tax rates on wealthy. the proposal was quickly ejected with the white house. >>> new -- rejected by the white house. >>> new poll shows -- gallup asked americans to rate honesty and ethical standards car salesmen got lowest marks 8% marked them high or very high. congress is just above them, only 10% scored in the top two categories to be honest. journalists 24%. top of the rankings, nurses, 84% of americans gave them the highest marks and of course meteorologists right behind that >> i was going to say even though it is not darn -- not a 100% science -- [ talking over each other ] >> 100% science that has accuracy, a little less -- okay stop digging. [ talking over each other ] >> they didn't rate meteorologists i wonder who is dragging who down? [ laughing ] >> touche. >>> good morning. here's a look at a dry picture from sutro tower
on the prank call to the hospital ward. >>> we also have the latest on the showdown in d.c. on our taxes and that fast-approaching fiscal cliff. president obama has rejected the latest republican offer. he's taking a very hard line in the talks. >>> there's growing outage here in new york city over a front-page photo from "the new york post" yesterday. this man has just fallen down on the tracks. is just seconds away from a subway train hitting and killing him. many people upset why the photographer was taking the picture and not helping the man. this morning, he's talking out, justifying why he took the photo. and why so many other folks were running away. there's nobody there trying to help him off the tracks. >> he says he was trying to help. we're going to get into that. >>> also, you guys over there took advantage of the spring weather yesterday. >> yes, we did. we needed a walk. but more importantly, we needed to see our old pal, robin. we got to walk through the riverside park, as the sun was setting on a beautiful day in manhattan. it's always the case. she's always the -- >> she
'll turn now to the fiscal cliff, 30 days from an economy-crippling deadline. where everyone's taxes go up and massive spending cuts kick in. yet, talks seem to be going nowhere. treasury secretary timothy geithner will be the guest on "this week" with george stephanopoulos. george is with us now. good morning, george. >> last weekend, you sat right here and you said that you were reasonably optimistic that a deal could be afoot. in the intervening week, we have seen a lot of trash-talking from both sides, can we still be somewhat hopeful? >> this week was a rough week in these negotiations. treasury secretary geithner when he went up to capitol hill, on thursday, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell laughed when he got the offer from tim geithner. they think it's an offer that doesn't show any rules towards compromise. house speaker john boehner said that the talks are at a stalemate. there seems to be a huge divide. democrats said they're not going to make another move until republicans clearly say they're going to go for an increase in tax rates. republicans aren't prepared to m
of survivors will attend the 48th annual beacon in honor of pearl harbor day. >>> coming up, tax refund checks california is itching to give away. what you need to know to find out if one is yours. >>> despite that is leaving a rotting mess on a posh >>> good phoerpbl. a lot of fog inland by the afternoon all seeing more sunshine than yesterday upper 50s to low 60s this is just the beginning of the warming trend doppler across the state you can see radar returns are well up into oregon, dry with 50s and 60s los angeles and palm springs mid 70s to low 80s there. if you are heading to the sierra tahoe will be making snow, mother nature not going to provide new powder this weekend. 51 friday, 42 for a high sunday. >>> good morning. so far friday light. good visibility on the san mateo bridge, traffic flowing nicely no delays, everybody is at the limit towards the highrise up and over towards san mateo eastbound hayward side too no metering lights yet crowded at the bay bridge toll where you can see cash paying folks are slightly delay. new accident sunol grade southbound 680 at south mission. >>>
and do what i ask. >> we're not going to extend an extension of the tax rates for the top 2%. >> if i was working the way congress and the president are working, i would probably lose my job. >> reporter: so early this morning, paige went on to the petition page on the white house website and wrote a petition that would cease paychecks and health benefits for all members of congress and the president until the fiscal cliff is avoided. unlikely, but a reflection of voter frustration as both sides dig in. the white house demanding higher tax rates for the top two tax brackets and republicans refusing. after refusing the proposal last week, house republicans offered an outline for $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction mostly through spending cuts, and while president obama would not answer questions about the counterproposal -- >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> thank you. >> reporter: -- a senior white house official assailed it as a step backwards saying if republicans do not agree to some higher rates for wealthier taxpayers, the nation will go over the cliff and the american peo
under prop 30's tax hikes. housing improvements will help the state, california will continue to grow but not as much as it iced to. the forecast says the new tax -- tax revenues under prop 30 will slow economic growth but will not derail recovery. unemployment is one example jobless rate in california should average 10 1/2% by the end of the year improved to 9.7% in 2013 and fall to 8.4 in 2014. meanwhile, great news on home prices. they have surged more than 6% in one year, the biggest jump in six years. the median home price up $18,000 to $178,600. california is one of the top 10 states where prices are rising the fastest. just crossing the wires this morning, labor department reports u.s. workers were more productive this summer, they cost their companies less, that's good. banks are seeing profits again and starting to lend money a little more freely. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> another starbucks may pop up around the corner. the coffee giant is expected to announce today that it is planning to add at least 1500 in the united states over the next five years. the plan will boos
're not going to make another move until republicans say they're going to go for an increase in tax rates. so, this is stalemate right now. now, these things always look horrible when they come together. more and more voices say, this is going to go over the fiscal cliff at least for a few days in january. >> if we go over the fiscal cliff, voters will likely blame the republicans for that. is is that true sf. >> all of the polls show that right now. we know that the tax hikes go up. ben bernanke, the fed chairman, fears that it will throw the country into a recession. they have to be careful here as well. but democrats and the president clearly believe that they have the leverage to force an increase in these tax rates on the upper income americans before they agree to a deal. >> we'll all be watching the stock market as well. >>> the president also concentrating on recasting his new cabinet and one name that came up yesterday is a replacement for leon panetta at the defense department. >> it's possible, this is a real game of musical chairs right now. the president has to fill at least thre
are expected to vote to officially shut them down for good after voters rejected a parcel tax in november. measure q would have preserved existing levels of fire service. officials say they will have to scale back responses to low priority calls. >>> investigators looking into a deadly cabin fire near fairfax say it was caused by a marijuana glowing operation. a body was found burned in the cabin. the fire chief says the source of the blade was illegal wiring feeding -- of the blaze was illegal wiring feeding electricity into that shed. >>> a water line under mountain view drive ruptured following sunday's storm causing the road to collapse. repairs are expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. >>> soon workers blaming a clogged sewer line backed up and broken sewer lines all over that region sewage started spilling out of a money hole sunday morning, 30,000 gallons they are not sure if it reached a nearby creek. >>> tentative settlement between port of oakland and union as oakland is getting extra business because of a port strike in long beach and los angeles. clerical workers
associated press poll shows there is clear support for president obama's insistence on raising taxes on highest income earners. in the poll 48% want the cuts on income exceeding $250,000 a year to expire in january, while continuing them for everyone else, 30 to% wanted to renew -- 32% wanted to renew tax cuts for everyone. >>> this afternoon, the 49ers' new stadium will reap a construction milestone crews will erik the uppermost structural steel beams 200 feet above the ground. -- 49ers ceo york and other dignataries will hold a ceremony. the two beams pained gold will bear signatures of the projects 570 construction workers, 49ers as well as santa clara city leaders. the work began in july. the stadium remains on schedule to open for the 2014 season. >>> we had 49er day earlier in season now it is raiders day. >>> definitely going to be a tough morning. not hanging heavy over the bay bridge or as we look at the ferry building from downtown san francisco wind blowing out of the west keeping dense fog from forming. also what is pushing the moisture into the atmosphere and why we have
virginia couple to highlight his push for extending current tax rates for everyone but the top 2%. new associated press poll shows there is clear support for mr. obama's plan in the poll 48% want the tax cuts on incomes exceeding quarter million dollars a year to expire in january while continuing them for everyone else. 32% want to renew the tax cuts for everyone. findings seem to strengthen the president's hand in his negotiations >> recall alert for parents from 7 on your side. government is taking action against makers of nap nanny, a portable baby recliner, after five infanned -- five infant deaths. the nap nanny poses risk of injury and death to infants. the commission says it is a dangerous product with a faulty sign. coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00, why the makers are refusing to pull its product. >>> this afternoon cal will hold a news conference to introduce the bear's new coach, sonny dykes has hired yesterday to rebill the program he leaves louisiana tech after three seasons. this year -- his bulldogs led the nation in scoring. he runs spread offense expected to
this morning said this morning they might support a higher tax rate for wealthier americans but it can only come in democrats agree to reform medicare and other major entitlement programs. such a compromise would represent the first real movement in the stalled talks on capitol hill to try to keep the country from plunge over a fiscal cliff come the first of the year. that's what major program cuts and tax hikes on all americans would automatically kick in unless there's a deal. >> everybody in this country will have to participate in some discomfort if we are to going to get out of this. and longs we continue to lie to the american people that you can solve this problem without adjusting and working on those programs, it is dishonest beneath anybody in washington. >> but right now the only thing i hear, the only thing we see is middle class families being asked over and over again to be the ones who have the burden in solving this problem and we are saying no. >> so you see those congressional members debating this morning on abc this week with george stephanopoulos. so far both parties ha
medicare cuts and no more limit on how much the government can borrow. and then there's the tax hike on higher-earning americans. republicans aren't buying it. >> there is just no reason why 98% of americans have to see their taxes go up because some members of congress on the republican side want to block the tax rate increases for 2% of the wealthiest americans. >> i'm just flabbergasted. i looked at him and said, you can't be serious. i just have never seen anything like it. >> if they cannot reach a deal by new year's day, nearly every american will end up paying more in taxes. >>> public school students in five states will soon spend a lot more time in the classroom. a new three-year pilot program will be announced today in colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york, and tennessee. 20,000 students at those select schools will spend an extra 300 hours per term in class starting next year. it will be up to local districts to decide if school days or school years should be extenzed. >>> very interesting approach there. >>> and a church in boston could soon be seeing a huge infl
on >>> this morning on "world news now" -- fiscal fiasco. the fight over taxes and political power in washington as the fiscliff >>> this morning on "world news now" -- fiscal fiasco. the fight over taxes and political power in washington as the fiscal cliff looms and fears of a recession close in. >> the latest negotiations and nasty exchanges in a battle over everyone's money. it is wednesday, december 5th. >> announcer: from abc new, this is "world news now." >>> good hump day, everybody. wednesday morning. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. >>> we're going to update you on the big fiscal fight in our top story from washington. and from one capital to another, the political uproar in egypt. how cairo police are taking action as thousand of protesters hit streets in outrage. an all-too-familiar scene. >> most protesters say it seems like they traded one dictator for another. >> for another. >>> hard to believe it is. they're part of a growing group of so-called preppers getting ready, as you can see, for the very, very worst. normal everyday folks getting ready for the end of time. >> com
. >>> also at home, new developments in the tax showdown in washington. a deal has to get done by january 1st or everyone's taxes will go up. we'll talk about what it will take to get negotiations back on track. >> republicans had their proposal yesterday. we'll see what the reaction is. >>> also, take a look at this video. is this the real-life grinch who stole christmas. the man caught on camera stealing christmas decorations. letting the air out of the whole thing. we'll get more on that in just a moment. >>> also, jessica biel here live. what's life like right now being married to justin timberlake. also, a new movie, on the way, "playing for keeps." so much to talk to her about today. >> that is coming up. >>> let's go to lara, live, all morning long, at buckingham palace with the latest details on the royal baby. good morning, lara. >> good morning, george. what a joy to be here on this day of celebration here in england. folks cheering and giving a thumbs-up as they pass. buckingham palace behind me. and the papers shouting out the great news. there's the picture on "the times." "we're
the major sticking points is republican support for continuing tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, something mr. obama disagrees with. >> we could probably solve this in about a week. it's not that tough. but we need that conceptual breakthrough that says we need a balanced plan. that's what's best for the economy. that's what the american people voted for. that's how we're going to get it done. >> mr. obama's treasury secretary, tim geithner, went a step further, saying that the president would allow the nation to go over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year, if republicans don't agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >>> and maybe abraham lincoln can help the fiscal cliff negotiations. harry reid believes so. the senate will get inspiration when reid hosts a clescreening the spielberg movie. >> whatever helps to get things moving, right? >>> hundreds of same-sex couples in washington state lined up overnight to get a marriage license now that they can legally wed. the county clerk's office in seattle opened at midnight to accommodate couples eager to make history. there's anoth
in a stalemate. president obama is demanding that higher tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent extension of the debt ceiling, the government's ability to borrow money, be part of the deal. >> he's assuming unprecedented power to spend taxpayer dollars out any limit at all. >> reporter: republicans who say they're open to raising tax revenue say they will only do so in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal, one casualty will be compensation for the long-term unemployed. that means people like linda vega, are worried. >> christmas and things of that nature are probably off the table. >> reporter: aides to president obama and speaker boehner met yesterday afternoon. but that meeting ended with no discernible signs of progress. rob and paula? >> thanks, tahman. >>> once the numbers are all tallied, they're going to show that the 2012 presidential election was the most expensive in history. campaign finance statements put the total cost at well above $2 billion. virtually split down the middle between president obama and mitt romney. that includes nearly $86 milli
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